Overview

A combination of beautiful Greece and mysterious Egypt. This travel itinerary offers you the chance to discover the cradle of Western civilization in Athens, stroll through picturesque villages on the islands of Mykonos & Santorini, marvel at the architectural wonder of the Giza Pyramids and discover amazing temples dotted along the shores of the Nile as you cruise from Aswan to Luxor. This itinerary can also be arranged in reverse order, from Cairo to Athens - flexible so can be adjusted to better suit your needs.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival:
Upon arrival meet in the arrivals hall of Athens Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Athens.
meals: none

DAY 02 - Athens City Tour:
Breakfast at hotel then join on one of the following regular group excursions (you get to choose):
a) 5hr Coach tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & panoramic drive through city center
b) 3hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis & stroll through the city centre
c) 5hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & stroll through city centre
d) 3hr Athens Food walking tour: visiting specialty food shops with tastings & Varvakeios market
*Other alternatives available, like wine tasting etc, advise your preference in the enquiry form
Afternoon and evening free at leisure for you to further explore on your own. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included
**Optional afternoon Cape Sounion tour and/or evening Athens by Night with dinner and show

DAY 03 - Athens to Mykonos:
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to port for departure on seajet ferry to Mykonos. On arrival transfer to hotel with remainder of the day and evening free at leisure. Overnight in Mykonos *Domestic flights to Mykonos also available, let us know your preference
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Mykons at leisure:
Breakfast at hotel with a full day at leisure to relax on one of the many beaches, sightsee around Mykonos town or take a day trip to the nearby island of Delos. Don't forget about the amazing nightlife for which the island is famous. Overnight in Mykonos.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 05 - Mykonos to Santorini:
Breakfast, check-out and as per your chosen ferry time transfer to port for departure to Santorini. On arrival meet for transfer to hotel with remainder of the day or evening free at leisure. Overnight in Santorini
meals: breakfast included

DAY 06 - Santorini at leisure:
Use this day to discover all that is amazing about Santorini. Explore explore around the town and various villages; hike the scenic route between Fira and Oia; relax on beaches with black, red and gold coloured sand. For those that don't wish to explore on their own, various optional extra excursions available on request. Overnight in Santorini.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 07 - Depart to Egypt:
As per your choice of timing transfer to Santorini Airport for departure on flight to Cairo (via Athens). Arrive and meet up with our representative who is waiting to take you on to the hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
meals: none (dinner optional extra)

DAY 08 - Giza Sightseeing - train to Aswan:
Today, with your private tour guide, you have the opportunity to visit the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest known of Egypt's 107 Pyramids, located in Sakkara. Then on to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt dating from 3100BC. Continue to Giza and visit the world famous Pyramids and Sphinx. End with transfer to rail station for departure on overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
meals: breakfast & dinner included (lunch optional extra)
**Flights from Cairo to Aswan are also available, please note your preference in the enquiry form.
**Sleeper trains offer 2 person private cabins, however bathroom is shared with other cabins in same wagon

DAY 09 - Nile Cruise (Aswan Sightseeing):
Breakfast onboard train, arrival to Aswan and meet for transfer to board on 03-night Nile Cruise. Embarkation before lunch. Then depart with the cruise guide to visit the High Dam & Philae Temple which was dedicated to goddess Isis. It's now reassembled at a new site on Agilika Island about 500km from its former site on Philae Island. Overnight onboard Nile Cruise.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included
**Optional extra "Abu Simbel" excursion and/or "felucca ride" can be added, please note your prefernces in the enquiry form

DAY 10 - Nile Cruise (Kom Ombo & Edfu):
Today visit the Temple of Sobek & Haroeris in Kom Ombo which stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. Then on to Edfu and visit of the Temple of Horus.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 11 - Nile Cruise (Luxor):
Upon arrival to Luxor, move to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of Kings & Queens, a vast City of the dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. Then proceed to the foot of the cliff to see the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman who ruled Egypt in Pharaonic History. On the way back to the River Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Overnight onboard Nile cruise.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 12 - Luxor to Cairo:
Disembark after breakfast and meet with guide who takes you to stroll through the magnificent Temples of Luxor & Karnak. Rest of the day is then free to explore on your own before departing on overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
**Flights from Luxor to Cairo are also available, please note your preference in the enquiry form.

DAY 13 - Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Old Cairo:
Breakfast on train, arrival and meet for transfer. Then begin full day tour visiting the Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin (with its Alabaster Mosque and Tomb of Ottoman ruler Mohamed Ali), Old Cairo area (with mix of Islamic and Christian Monuments) and Khan El-Khalily Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
meals: breakfast included (lunch / dinner optional extra)

DAY 14 - Departure
Breakfast, check-out and as per your international flight departure time meet for transfer to Cairo Airport.

A Customer Review

Linda and I want to offer our thanks to you to all of your staff for a magnificent trip to Greece, the isle of Crete, and to Turkey. You arranged the perfect trip after we described our specific interests in early Christian frescos and mosaics, the Mycenaec and Bronze age culture, and of course the classical Greek and Byzantine cultures. In addition to touching the walls of Troy and Mycenae and the many well known and visited sites, you arranged so much more. Each day was a great adventure, personalized for two people you had never met. Istanbul is beyond description and our guide Cemal was wonderful. You selected ideal hotels for our stays in Athens, Crete, Istanbul, Assos, and Selcuk. The village of Assos was a wonderful surprise. We wish we could have spent more time in this Turkish heaven. All of your arranged guides were excellent. We at all times felt safe and each day closed with a wonderful meal and a restful sleep. Aydin, please accept our deepest gratitude. I would be so pleased to be able to answer any questions from possible clients or agents in North America. Linda and I wish you our very best. Warmest thanks, Kevin and Linda.

-Kevin

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What's included?

  • 08 nights hotel accommodation in category of your choice
  • 03 nights onboard Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
  • 02 nights on overnight trains, sleeper cabin
    *we can also arrange by flight instead of train
  • Regular group day tours in Athens (private basis on request)
  • Private guided day tours in Cairo/Giza
  • Guided sightseeing during Nile Cruise
  • Main entrances fees to sights visited
  • Noted transport from arrival in Athens at start till departure from Cairo at end
  • Arr/dept transfers throughout itinerary
  • Taxes & handling fees

Notes

  • Available in reverse order, start Cairo end Athens
  • Flexible, can be customized to suit preferences
  • Available on daily basis, year round
  • Winter season (November to March) route in Greece may need to change to suit ferry schedules, we will advise options based on your selected travel dates.
  • Excursions in Mykonos & Santorini available on request
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".

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